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UCL and London

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UCL and London

UCL is located in the heart of central London, bringing significant benefits to the city:

attracting the world's brightest people to the capital

sharing impressive academic and cultural resources

and strengthening community life through the commitment of our students.

UCL Volunteers helping with Paralympic sports taster day

London, in turn, offers important benefits to our staff and students:

We play a central role in ground-breaking research partnerships such as the new Francis Crick Institute.

We are surrounded by the greatest concentration of academic resources in Europe

within easy walking distance of the British Library and British Museum.

Our teaching and research is enriched through close links with industry and business

Our close relationships with UK government, charities and other bodies enable us to:

work together to tackle major problems

have greater influence on policy development

and ensure our research addresses society's most pressing needs.

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UCL is one of the most productive and successful research universities in the world, attracting valuable talent and investment to London. The university and its students, in turn, benefit enormously from being based in one of world’s most important academic, cultural and business cities. Discover the different ways in which UCL and London complement each other.


I am proud to be associated with UCL for two reasons. The first is historical, because UCL opened up access to university education in the UK in the early 19th century, and the second is current, because UCL is one of the leading research and teaching universities in the world.

Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate and Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute

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UCL has been at the front edge of sustainability. They have been very good at helping us to understand the importance of decarbonisation. For me, UCL is a pioneer of enlightenment – the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. I think they feel that they have a social responsibility, that has been at the heart of the UCL mantra from the beginning. This social responsibility is also very much at the heart of what I want for my business. That’s why I think there is a very good cultural fit, behind common values, between UCL and EDF.

Vincent De Rivaz, Chief Executive, EDF Energy

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Every year, we have an increasing number of UCL students who choose to get involved in Project:London. Some do support work for vulnerable people who attend our clinic, others focus on advocacy and following up service users on their cases, while others offer their language skills as translators. We are always impressed by the enthusiasm that UCL students show to help the most marginalised here in London.

Sonia Soldati, Doctors of the World

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Complex problems require complex responses. The only institutions in our society that bring together a range of different actors from different disciplines are universities. And UCL is paramountly the absolute best place to go to look for this kind of multidisciplinary response to one of the greatest challenges facing the world.

Dr Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, on the UCL–Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change

Learn more about UCL's work with health in London